Semester 1

Orientation Countdown

Semester 1, 2023 Orientation

Your introduction to university life.

Your orientation is a interactive welcome week, where you can explore everything University of Tasmania has to offer. We have developed a jam-packed orientation program for each campus, where you will attend compulsory and opt-in sessions to get you prepared, excited and feeling confident for your first semester of study. 

Commencing students are encouraged to attend all activities (compulsory and opt in) for a immersive introduction to studying at the University of Tasmania. 

Key orientation events

New to Town (for non-local students)

Our 'New to Town' day is an interactive pre-orientation event to help those students who have relocated to get settled and feeling at home in their new city.  You’ll attend sessions to answer all those tricky starting university / compliance questions, tour your new city (on a double decker bus!), exchange experiences with new friends, and find out ‘What’s on’ in your local community.

O-Day (for ALL commencing students)

Your campus 'O-day',  is a dedicated welcome, where you will receive important information about your course, learn about the various online systems, services and support available to you. 

You will attend a compulsory course introduction session and enrolment session, to provide you with the practical strategies and useful tips needed to help you achieve your best at university.

To make your O-Day an immersive, exciting and memorable experience, we recommend adding on additional opt-in workshops,  TUSA club and society sessions, lunch time activities, campus tours and entertainment.

You must be registered to attend the orientation sessions.

Orientation FAQ's

Orientation is a free event held by the University highly recommended for all new commencing students.  

If you are an International student you will need to attend the New to Town event.

More information on this in Ask Us.


Don't worry!  If you're unable to attend orientation on the day, you find your recorded orientation session and more in 'UniStart' - before classes start on 20 February.

UniStart is a short online unit that contains everything you need to know before starting uni. Learn about our key services and support available to you, and be introduced to your course and college orientation materials.

It is compulsory for international, interstate, intrastate and exchange students to attend the 'New to Town' and it is highly recommended to attend the course orientation on 'O-Day'.

If you are a local student you only need to attend 'O-Day'.

The University of Tasmania has five different colleges. Click on the links below to find out which one you belong to.

When you start studying at the University of Tasmania, you become a member of a unique community. Communities are based on the month you were born:

Dragons (Sep, Oct, Nov)

Tigers (Mar, Apr, May)

Eagles (Jun, Jul, Aug)

Devils (Dec, Jan, Feb)

In your community you'll get the chance to explore arts and performance, locally curated student events, sports teams, feast on local food at shared table events and address real world problems and drive change.

  1. Determine which College(s) your areas of study fall under. As a Double Degree student, you may have courses in multiple Colleges.
  2. Attend the Orientation events for those Colleges and attend your course-specific Orientation events.
  3. You can select multiple Colleges to create your personalised program and facilitate registration.  
  4. Take advantage of Key Orientation events and optional sessions across the program.

The Tasmanian University Student Association has over 130 clubs and societies for students to join, ranging from acrobatics to zero waste and everything in between.

The biggest event of the year for these clubs is Clubs and Societies Day, which takes place during the first week of the semester and is a great opportunity for students to sign up for their favorite clubs and meet new people. Joining a club or society is a great way to build networks, make lasting friendships, and have fun while at university. 

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Contact our friendly team at U.Connect@utas.edu.au or call 1300 826 663 / +61 3 6226 6111 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

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